February 28, 2005

A copy of our home game

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 1:07 am

Art imitates life: On page 53 of the February 28 issue of The New Yorker, in an otherwise fairly terrifying article about the avian flu epidemic, we find the following quote from Prasert Thongcharoen, a Thai microbiologist:

“At the very first sign of a problem, the department told the public that the chickens had cholera. But farmers said it wasn’t cholera. If a chicken has cholera, you give it antibiotics and it gets better. These birds got sick one evening and the next day they were dead. That’s not cholera.” (emphasis added)

Those of you who knew me in college will probably remember why this line is interesting to me. If you’re in the dark, there’s a game I’d like to teach you…



  1. That is _so_ not cholera!!

    Comment by drew — February 28, 2005 @ 7:57 am

  2. We should send Prasert a letter, and it’ll say “You Win! New Round!”

    Comment by kindle — February 28, 2005 @ 6:05 pm

  3. I was just teaching that game to my friends last night after someone mentioned the book “Love in the Time of Cholera,” the title of which always reminds me of you.

    Comment by Cimorene — February 28, 2005 @ 6:18 pm

  4. wow Tom, the legacy you leave. πŸ™‚

    Comment by ariela — February 28, 2005 @ 6:19 pm

  5. Tom, think about that last statement:
    “If you’re in the dark, there’s a game I’d like to teach you…”
    Even if you WEREN’T going to teach me about what cholera is and isn’t, I don’t think I want to take the chance on this ‘game in the dark’ bit.

    Comment by Pat K. — March 1, 2005 @ 11:04 am

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